March 28, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Oklahoma State dropped both games of a Sunday doubleheader against Kansas State at Tointon Stadium and was swept in its Big 12 Conference series season opener for the first time since 2006.
The Cowboys fell to 14-6 overall after dropping Sunday’s opening game by a 9-3 count and then being run-ruled in seven innings by a 13-3 margin in the nightcap. With the wins, Kansas State improved to 19-3 on the season.
In the series finale, K-State went up 1-0 in the first inning against OSU starter Kevin Chambers and added three runs in the third, the big blow coming on a two-run home run by Carter Jurica that gave the Wildcats a four-run advantage.
OSU finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Nico Rosthenhausler led off the inning with a double, and after a fly out, Luis Uribe doubled to trim the Cowboys’ deficit to 4-1. The Pokes added an unearned run later in the frame to make it 4-2, but Dusty Harvard was thrown out at the plate trying to score OSU’s third run to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, KSU rallied for eight runs off three different Cowboy pitchers. The Wildcats sent 13 batters to the plate and collected five hits in the frame, while OSU issued four walks and committed an error. By the time the inning ended, the home team had taken a 12-2 lead.
Chambers suffered the loss in the second game as the freshman southpaw lasted just three innings and allowed five runs on five hits. He struck out one and walked two as his record fell to 3-1.
In the opener, OSU outhit the Wildcats, but six Cowboy pitchers combined to issue eight walks and hit three batters as the home team scored seven runs over the final three innings.
The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead in their first at bat on a sacrifice fly by Blair DeBord, but OSU went on top in the third on a two-run home run by Kevin David over the wall in right field. The blast was David’s fourth homer of the season.
K-State tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third on another sacrifice fly, this one off the bat of Daniel Dellasega.
OSU regained the lead in the fourth. After Ginther struck out to lead off the frame, the Cowboys collected three-straight singles, the third one an RBI base hit by Josh Botts that made the score 3-2.
The Cowboys’ one-run lead held until the sixth when KSU mounted a two-out rally. After putting runners on first and second via a pair of hit-by-pitches, an RBI single by Matt Giller tied the score at 3-3. Up next, a double by Kent Urban brought home two more runs and ended OSU starter Thomas Keeling’s day on the mound.
KSU tacked on another run in the seventh, getting an RBI sacrifice bunt from Dellasega to push the lead to 6-3, and he Wildcats put the game away with another three-run rally in the eighth.
Keeling suffered the loss for the Cowboys to fall to 1-3 on the season as the junior allowed five runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work. The southpaw recorded nine strikeouts but issued three walks and hit three batters.
David and Phillips were both 2-for-4 in the opener to lead OSU. The Cowboys outhit K-State, 8-6.
OSU returns to midweek action Tuesday and Wednesday when the Cowboys host Florida Gulf Coast at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.